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[ cheers and applause ] [ cheers and applause ] this morning on "early today," justice served. the senate makes history with the confirmation of the nation's 112th member of the supreme court. seeing red. an alarming new report has social security this year paying out more than it takes in. and hot pursuit. a suspect leads police on a wild chase through thstreets of los angeles. captions paid for by nbc-universal television hello and good morning. i'm lynn berry. today we begin with heading to the high court. elena kagg llll become thehe fourth woman eveve serve the e prpreeouou after b bing
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nfirmed by the s saa yeyeterday. veveepeplicans andnd two independents joined all but one democrat for the former dean of harvard law school. kagan will officially join the bench we she's officially sworn in tomorrow afternoon by justice john roberts. kagan will be the only justice on the current court who has never been a judge. also on capitol hill, the senate has voted to confirm james clapper as the next director of national intelligence. by unanimous vote last night, the retired three-star general won approval to oversee the nation's 16 spy agencies. clapper who has served as the chief intelligence official will serve as the fourth since it was created five years ago. he succeeds admiral blair after
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feeling pressure from clashes. the white house announced yesterday that she's leaving her position at the beginning of september to return to her teaching job at u.c. berkeley. she's the second aid to leave the obama administration this summer after national director peter orszag. bp is now one step closer to permanently sealing the blown out well in the coast of mexico. thad allen who's even overseeing the response saying while it's not the end, be assured no more oil is leaking. the next skmenlting could start from the bottom. a horrific bus crash left people injured and dead. the two school buses were carrying students to an amusement park when they slammed
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into a pickup truck. fortunately most of the other injuries were minor and only two students remained hospitalized. today for the first time since the u.s. dropped an atomic bomb on hiroshima exactly 65 years ago, the united states sent a representative to the city to take part in the ceremony commemorating that day. representatives from the u.s. and other nations attended the somber ceremony. a bell rang at 8:15 local time when the bomb was dropped killing 140,000 people. japan welcomed washington's decision to attend although there's still a majority who want an apology for the attack. now here's a look at some other stories making news early today in america. a california man is in custody after leading police on a wild
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high-speed chaset at one point he rammed into another vehicle before driving down a sidewalk. when he was cornered by police, he put up a violent fight with officers trying to pull him from the vehicle. in the end, a dozen officers subdued the suspect and arrested him. in northern new york emergency workers rescued several people from a private karp ground who were swept into a rushing river. some clung to their vehicles before firefighters jumped in and pulled them to safety. a driver in nebraska got himself into quite a sticky situation when he drove his car only freshly laid cement. he said the barricades were not blocking the road and he thought the cement was dry. adding insult to injury, he's only had the car for about eight months j and after a year of hard work, engineers at the university of "early today" have developed a robot that can climb rough surfaces. it uses two claws, a motor, and
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a tail that swings like a pend you lum. eventually the developer hopes to use it to inspect tall buildings, bridges, and dams, but for the short term it works as a teaching tool or a really cool toy, something fun to look at. and now for a look at your national and regional weather, here's nbc's meteorologist bill karins with the weather channel forecast. good morning, bill. >> good morning. i like the story about the cement and the car. >> that's something i would do. hey, i thought it was dry. there weren't enough signs. >> like a cartoon. let's talk about colin. that came back. tropical colin reformed out in the atlantic and it's actually looking quite pathetic again this morning. it flares up, it dies down. it's an endless cycle with this storm. if you're going to bermuda on saturday, you're going to have to deal with colin. unfortunately for the surfers, they like it because it sends good waves to the shores, this
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is so weak it shouldn't send many waves your way. it affects bermuda saturday afternoon and evening and then should blow out to the atlantic next sunday and monday. very little impacts for anyone here in the united states. as far as today goes, relief. the heat wave is we're still going to be very hot in texas but not so bad. this front has finally sagged to the south. there's more clouds, more showers out there today. we do have some thunderstorms near myrtle beach, one of my favorite golfing locations and that should clear out by later on this morning so everyone should get their golf round in as you go through your friday. forecastwise, nice beautiful conditions from the great lakes and that will finally arrive in the east coast this weekend. that's a look at your friday forecast. now here's a look at the weather outside your window. memphis, tennessee, that will
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feel chilly compareded to what you had yesterday. we'll take ten degrees off the temperatures today. absolutely perfect day in chicago. enjoy a nice friday. lynn, it's just an incredible summer. i'm saying 90s are going to be cool. that's the way it's been. >> i know. bill, thanks. well, unemployment numbers loom over wall street. your early morning business headlines are straight ahead. plus, at the box office this weekend will ferrell looks to make us forget some of his recent misfires. a rare sweep for the orioles, a blown call cost the marlins, and tiger woods hits a new low. you're watching "early today."
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good morning, and welcome back to "early today." i'm lynn berry, and here are some of your top headlines this morning. grim news for social security. this year the program will sink into the red, the first time that's happened since the program was overhauled back in
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1983. a new report says the cost of social security will exceed tax revenues in 2010 and 2011, due in large part to the economic downturn. meanwhile the number of americans receiving food stamps rose to a record 48.8 million in may. that's up in its 18 straight record months. a mchb man who spent over two years in prison for a fatal crash involving a toyota camry has been freed after his case got a new look due to the recent acceleration problems with toyota vehicles. the 32-year-old had been convicted of criminal vehicular homicide in 2006 crash that killed three people. he insisted that he tried to brake before the collision but was sentenced to the maximum eight years. and a piano believed to have been played by mozart has surfaced in germany. a german radio station says it
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was built in 1775, one of only eight known to exist created by a maker mozart was known to be a finance of. if authenticated it could be worth millions. and now here's an early look at how wall street will kick off the day. the dow opens at 10,6 p 74 after losing five points, the s&p went down a point. the nasdaq fell 10. taking a look at overseas trading this morning, in tokyo the nikkei dropped 11 points, but in hong kong the hang sang gained 127. with wall street already nervously awaiting today's unemployment figures from the government, yesterday an unexpected rise in first-time jobless claims sent traders running for cover. the labor department reported initial jobless claims rose slightly last week to the highest level since earl april. analysts expected a slight drop. economists predicted today's government report for unemployment in the month of july will show a slight increase
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thanks largely to u.s. census bureau jobs ended. they were expected to have aed 90,000 jobs. why is this all crucial? wall street and the business community as a whole are convinced that a true economic recovery will only take hold once unemployment begins to fall. investors were jolted wed by more evidence of weak consumer spending. out of 28 retailers reporting same store sails 61% missed estimates. jc penney stumbled more than 7% and air pos tall 6%. costco and other big brands jumped but only compared with weak sales last year. the entire health care sector was dragged lower by molina health carry which tumbled more than 10% after posting results that fell short of expectations. >> shares of grain companies rose amid expectations their wheat exports will be boosted by
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the worst drought in russia in 130 years. on the flip side meat companies like tyson companies fell. and finally, an oregon official apologized to a 7-year-old girls who lem nad stand was shut down because she lacked a permit. he said he ran a lem nad stand itself and called it the classic american iconic kid thing to do. it sure is. juggling in the outfield, the orioles on win streak, and tiger woods continues to struggle. plus, an umpire blows the call on what would have been a game-winner. your early morning sports headlines are straight ahead. in your friday weather the heat wave beginning to give up. we're also watching a nice forecast in many locations. your regional forecast is coming up. you're watching "early today."
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good morning. if you're just waking up, this is "early today." and in sports, after a horrible start with a new manager running things, the baltimore orioles are starting to look luke a completely different team. here's nbc's fred roggin with an early look at all your sports headlines. good morning. wake up the baltimore orioles.
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they hired a new manager and all they've done is won three straight and swept the angels. tied at four in the ninth. torres with a walk-off sing toll center. in came the winning one. they won it, 5-4. look out yankees. orioles are only 32 and a half games back. made the grab, lost it, and caught it again. sign him up for the circus. ryan raburn wasn't having it. it forced extra innings. white sox took the lead back in the 11th. mark kotsay, a triple into the gap and that skord two. chicago held on to win it, 6-4. twins and rays tied it six in the ninth. jason popped one. it dropped into fair territory. just like that the twins drew it up and it worked. to make matters worse, it ended up being the winning run.
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twins won it. gaby sanchez, a shot down the line. the umpire called it foul. take another look. the ball was clearly fair and would have easily scored the run. phils got out of the inning and wouldn't you know it they won the game in ten innings. and, finally forecast you were waiting for tiger woods to turn it around, you're going to have to wait a little longer. in the bunker after his tee shot and he should have used a shovel. he bogeyed the hole. then pushed it wide and long. tiger finished at four over, ten shot behind the leader. his run was so bad, he actually made a birdie, tipped his cap, and bowed to the crowd. you talk about a bad day. that's your early look at sports on "early today." i'm fred roggin. how did yoko ohno fell about john lennon's killer being up for parole? your early morning entertainment headlines are straight ahead. plus, how did the turtle cross the road?
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we're about to show you straight ahead. you're watching "early today."
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well, welcome back on this friday morning. let me take you through your weekend forecast. first off, great weather in the northern half of the country. it's going to feel very much like summer, but the humidity is down. widespread to the southeast. still hot back here in texas, all the desert areas in mexico
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and arizona. dallas still 102. kansas city should be nice. chicago should be good. look at this. 76. finally the end of your weekend on sunday. thunderstorms go down in florida and the heat begins to return here to the middle of the country. chicago jumps back up into the 90s. well, few your ooh watching us on wptz news channel 5 in burlington, vermont, discover giant insects and get up close to creepy crawlers at the backyard monsters exhibit at the echo lake aquarium and science center and that's your "early today" event of the day, lynn. >> robots. >> not the ones we see on the sidewalks in new york. well, now here's an early look at this morning's headlines in entertainment. at the box office this weekend leos loss should be will
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ferrell's gain. it's sure to be a guy movie, sure to be a date movie, and according to experts, sure to be number one with about $35 million. that leaves leonardo dicaprio's "inception" seems like it's been in the number one spot for months being close to second. number three, the hip-hop dance franchise. it's getting rave reviews for ids ground breaking 3 d in a museum. finally three decades after the shooting death of her husband, yoko says she opposes a release of the killer because he remains a threat. and this comes to us from whdh news 7 in boston where one slow-moving pedestrian brought highway traffic to a halt. a turtle, which was apparently
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determined to get to the other side, leapt onto a busy highway left it vulnerable to traffic. some waited. others went right across it. one cop went to rescue it but got snapped at. fortunately he was rescue and carried back to a nearby river. you know why the turtle was trying to cross the road. >> hare we duo. >> he was trying to get to the shell station. >> he'll be here all week, folks. i'm lynn berry and not going to make a bad day. and this is "early today," just your first stop of the day, today on your nbc station.
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4:28 is our time. 73 degrees here in the nation's capital. the calm after the storm, we hope, this morning. rough afternoon and evening last night. we'll see what it looks like this morning. good morning to you. i'm joe krebs. >> and i'm eun yang. welcome to news 4 today for this friday, august 26th, 2010. we had a lot of storms last night after another strong summer storm. thousands of people across our area are without power right now. >> dominion power reports nearly 17,000 customers without power in northern virginia. nearly 13,000 without power in suburban maryland and d.c.
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the majority of those are in prince george's county. and damage to the area was extensive, especially in northern virginia. >> in arlington, trees came down on homes, cars, and power lines. one of the hardest hit areas was the fair ling ton community. we found one home that had already been condemned because of two huge trees that fell on it, crushing the roof. >> in maryland, montgomery county was spared any major damage compared with the last big storm to come through. still some trees and power lines did come down. this huge tree fell along macarthur boulevard near the d.c. line. macarthur was accused while crews worked to clear the tree and the power lines that came down with it. overall, officials in montgomery county said the damage from yesterday's storm really was minor. one of the areas hardest hit by that storm is alexandria. one part that saw significant damage was the del ray community between russell road and east braddock road.

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